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Energi Talent Resourcing provides our candidates with the complete recruitment service. We have developed the Candidate Care Centre to help candidates during the pre employment cycle. The Energi Talent Resourcing Care Centre provides valuable advice and guidance to assist you in your search for a new job. If you have any specific questions, our consultants are always on hand to offer free and confidential advice To speak to a member of our team, contact us now. The Candidate Care Centre has the following pre-employment aids:

Cover letter

  • The cover letter should be treated as your personal marketing literature; it introduces you, your CV and is your first chance to make a good impression. Avoid 'Sir' or 'Madam' and address to the relevant contact if possible.
  • If you're replying to a job advert, say so, and include the job title, reference number and where/when you saw it.
  • The content should be brief, structured and should avoid repetition of information covered in your CV. Outline your current situation, why you're seeking a change and why you're interested in working for the company. Highlight your transferable skills achievements and versatility.


Finally, make sure you have included any requested information, including expected or current salary and benefits.

 

How to write a perfect resume

More often than not, your resume is the first impression that you'll make on a potential employee. Here's how to present yourself clearly and professionally.

It is worth remembering that each recruiter's idea of a 'perfect' resume will be slightly different. Nonetheless, your resume will in most cases, be the first impression an employer has of you. Indeed a strong resume can occasionally itself secure you a job, especially if you are applying for temporary work. At worst, a poorly constructed resume can give a potential employer a negative impression of you as a candidate and bar you from securing that all important interview.

Taking a little time on design, construction and wording and using the following guidelines to write and submit your resume, will ensure you promote yourself to your best advantage.

Resume structure

Start with your personal details. Full name and contact details including all useable telephone numbers. Avoid superfluous details such as religious affiliation, children's names etc...

Educational history and professional qualifications should follow, including name of institutions and dates attended in reverse order - university before school results. List any certifications attained. (These details will matter more if you have recently entered the job market, than if for example you left full time education 20 years ago).

Include computer skills and (genuine) foreign language skills and any other recent training/development that is relevant to the role applied for.

The most widely accepted style of employment record is the chronological resume. Career history is presented in reverse date order starting with most recent. Achievements and responsibilities are listed against each role. More emphasis/information should be put on more recent jobs.

A functional resume can sometimes be more appropriate, for example if you have held a number of unrelated jobs. This presentation emphasises key skills which can be grouped together under suitable headings. Career progression and the nature of jobs held can be unclear with this type of resume.

Leave hobbies and interests to last - keep this section short. References can simply be 'Available on Request'. Current salary details should not be included. A good cover letter should always accompany your resume.

Your resume and cover letter should combine to create a picture of you and your career-to-date and illustrate why you are different from the competition! With this successfully achieved (and a bit of luck!) you will secure yourself a place on a shortlist.

General Tips

  • Your resume should be laser-printed in black ink using a plain type face, on good quality white/cream paper.
  • Decorative borders are not necessary, nor are photographs of yourself.
  • If applying by mail, your resume and cover letter should be submitted in a suitable quality envelope, clearly addressed, with a first class stamp. If applying by email, time should be taken designing and formatting to ensure your details read clearly. Send a copy to yourself to check before submitting it for a role.
  • Your resume should ideally cover no more than two pages and never more than three. Aim to ensure the content is clear, structured, concise and relevant. Using bullet points rather than full sentences can help minimize word usage.
  • A basic resume may need tailoring with each job application to best suit the requirements of the role applied for.
  • The completed resume needs to be checked carefully for grammatical errors and spelling mistakes - which always leave a poor impression - and to ensure that it makes sense. Ask an 'independent' party to review the whole document before it is put into use.
  • Remember when writing and structuring your resume that it is essentially a marketing document for you and that a potential employer will use the details provided to form interview questions. It should be clear and easy to read. Gaps in career history should be explained and falsehoods and inaccuracies avoided at all costs.
  • There is no reason to include your reasons for leaving each job on your resume but be prepared to answer these questions in your interview.

Interview advice

Research shows that people make their mind up about someone in the first few seconds of meeting with them. So it's best to get off to a good start from the outset.

No matter how well qualified you may seem 'on paper' for a job, when recruiting, an employer will still be interested in your personality and presentation. Indeed with more than one suitable applicant for a role, interview performance is often the deciding factor. This makes the face-to-face meeting a critical part of the recruitment process and you will need to impress from the start.

Following the interview preparation guidelines below will help you overcome any interview nerves and instill confidence for a productive meeting with your potential employer.

Practical tips Double check the date, time and location of the interview and be familiar with the name and title of the interviewer. Take your interview confirmation letter with you.

Prepare your interview outfit in advance - all of it. Ensure your appearance is both smart and comfortable.

Familiarize yourself with the journey to the location, to ensure you arrive in plenty of time. If driving, do a 'dummy run'. Anticipate delays, especially on unknown routes. Contact your interviewer swiftly if you are unavoidably delayed on the day.

Do not arrive over-laden with belongings! Take any requested certificates, references etc, a spare resume and a notepad and pen. A mobile phone is always useful, but ensure it is turned OFF before arriving at reception.

Be punctual for your meeting, but it is inadvisable to arrive more than half an hour early. Leave yourself enough time to use the restroom and freshen up if necessary.

Remember that you start making an impression on your prospective employer the moment you arrive at reception. Be courteous to the receptionist and any other staff you may meet prior to your interview. Their opinion of you is often sought and may even have some influence on the final selection.

Research Find out as much information as possible about your prospective employer in advance. Many now have websites which are packed with information. Familiarize yourself with mission statements, past performance, future goals and current analyst ratings. Be aware that if your prospective employer does have a comprehensive website, you may seriously compromise your chances if it becomes apparent you have not taken time to research it.

If there is no company website, it is still easy to research your employer. All national newspapers and professional magazines have online sites with archive articles. You can also use web search engines just by entering the company name. Talk to anyone you know who has worked at the organization. If all else fails, try phoning the company and requesting general information.

The interview

  • Greet your interviewer standing, with a strong, firm handshake and a smile! Good body language is vital. Sit up straight with both feet on the floor. Speak clearly and confidently. Try and maintain a comfortable level of eye contact throughout.
  • A standard interview will generally start with an introductory chat, moving on to questions specific to your application and experience. General information about the company and role may follow, finishing with an opportunity for you to ask your own questions.
  • Be familiar with your resume and prepared to answer questions from it. Similarly, ensure you have read any job description thoroughly and think of ways in which your experience will benefit your potential employer.
  • LISTEN to what is being asked of you. Think about your answers to more difficult questions and do not give irrelevant detail. Give positive examples from your experience to date, but be concise. Avoid one word answers, however. Prepare yourself in advance for likely questions (see next section for common interview questions).
  • Be ready to ask questions that you have prepared beforehand. This can demonstrate you have thought about the role and done some research on the organization. Ensure they are open, thus encouraging the interviewer to provide you with additional information.
  • Show your enthusiasm for the role, even if you have some reservations. These can be discussed at a later stage.

 

Questions often asked at interview

  • What do you know about the company?
  • Why do you want to leave your current company?
  • Why are you interested in this position?
  • What skills could you bring to the job?
  • What do you like doing best/least in your current role?
  • What do you consider to be your strengths/weaknesses?
  • What is your greatest achievement?
  • Do you prefer to work in a team or alone?
  • Can you work under pressure? Describe an incident where you have had to do so.
  • How would you handle difficult clients/customers?
  • How do you like to be managed?
  • Where would you like to be in five years?
  • What salary are you looking for?
  • What are you leisure interests?
  • Why should I employ you in this position?



Questions you may wish to ask at an interview

  • What is the most important aspect of the job?
  • Who will I be working for/with?
  • How many people are in the department?
  • Are there any periods when business peaks? What effect will this have on the job, if any?
  • there any training schemes from which I may benefit?
  • Are there promotional prospects?
  • What is the salary and are there any benefits?
  • How frequently is the salary reviewed?

 

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